The wind is picking up, the rain is setting in and temperatures are starting to drop. It’s time for break
out the woolly socks, hot drinks and warm coats.

“While planning for winter, responsible pet owners should also think about the comfort levels of their
furry companions. If you are starting to feel cold and uncomfortable, then your pet is likely feeling
the same way,” according to Jan Davis, CEO of RSPCA Tasmania.

Luckily, there are a number of simple ways you can keep your pet safe and warm this winter:

  • Keep your animals inside as much as possible. While you’ll still have to take your dogs for walks and your cat might not be too impressed, keeping them inside especially during the coldest parts of the day is ideal.
  • Make sure to dry your pet when they come in from outside. You wouldn’t want to sit in a wet coat and neither does your best friend!
  • If your pet is unable to stay inside, make sure they have access to winter-proof shelter. Ensure it is raised off the ground to keep it from getting wet and frosty, and place it in a location where it’s the most likely to get maximum sun exposure.
  • Cats are notorious for finding toasty warm spots around the house like the afternoon sun through a window or sitting close to the heater. Be wary of your pet sitting too close to heaters or fires as they can fall asleep and end up with dry skin or burns.
  • Grab your pet a jacket! Not only is it super cute, it’s super practical. Neighbourhood dogs will be so jealous of your dog’s stylish new look when going for walks.  This is especially important if you have thin, older or short haired breeds. Make sure it is the right fit and avoid having the jacket too tight. But remember, it is extremely important to take the jacket off once they are back in a heated environment, as it can irritate them and cause injury.
  • Check your pet has fresh water in the morning! Make sure the water hasn’t frozen over during the night, and provide them with new water to drink during the day.

“Pets are wonderful companions and loving members of the family. Snuggle up and stay warm together this winter, and remember, there’s nothing like lots of cuddles to keep the winter blues at bay!” Ms Davis said.

Media Release contact Jan Davis, RSPCA Tasmania CEO :: 0409 004 228